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>> for all ofus, thank you for your time. see you again in half hour. breaking news tonight. we're on the scene of a deadly tornado outbreak. several states, homes destroyed. school children bracing themselves. a dangerous night ahead from south carolina all the way up through new york. also breaking tonight, the race for president, and donald trump, now marching to super tuesday. his landslide win in nevada. and the major republican now predicting a trump surprise. the abc news exclusive tonight. my one-on-one interview with apple's ceo, tim cook. for the first time, cook on why apple is refusing to help the fbi break into the iphone used by the san bernardino killer. new details tonight on the pilot in that deadly chopper crash. what he was trying to do. and the famous sports reporter, the "dancing with the stars" host, erin andrews, suing her stalker and a major hotel tonight. did they put the stalker right next door? her father tonight, breaking down.
good evening tonight from san francisco. and we are here for our exclusive interview with apple ceo tim cook. for the first time, answering questions about why apple will not help the fbi break into the iphone used by the gunman in san bernardino. but first tonight, the horrific scene playing out across several states. deadly tornadoes and dangerous weather ahead this evening. from the carolinas, all the way up to the northeast, stretching across 1,000 miles already. an ef-3 ripping through this apartment complex in pensacola, florida. in north carolina, sending school children into the hallways. and in virginia, at least three people have been killed, just this afternoon, because of the weather. and behind all of this, blizzard conditions moving in, blowing this truck onto its side in indiana. more than 2,000 flights canceled, coast to coast. abc's linzie janis leads us off from the tornado zone tonight.
>> reporter: tonight, those deadly storms barrelling up the east coast. >> tornado just came through, right on 460. >> reporter: a suspected tornado striking waverly, virginia, shredding homes and leaving at least three dead. in the last 24 hours, at least three dozen tornadoes hitting the gulf coast. many striking at night, as people slept. >> you need to pull over. >> reporter: in pensacola, florida, campbell garris and his girlfriend making it to their driveway, riding out the tornado in his pickup truck. >> oh, my god. >> all i could hear was it sounded as if i parked my truck next to a train. >> reporter: the ef-3 tornado packing 155-mile-per-hour winds, damaging more than 100 homes here. these people didn't have very much time to react at all. >> very little. very little. >> reporter: including these apartments. and look at this. the entire second floor of this apartment building ripped off. you can see right into people's living rooms. >> look at that thing coming in
here like this. >> reporter: twisters claiming the lives of at least three others, including two at this louisiana r.v. park. where ashley east and her family were huddling together. what was it like going through that tornado? what were you thinking? >> just -- god, let us be okay. let us get through this. >> reporter: david, the tornado ripped through this neighborhood, destroying this home, but look. you can see a stack of books still sitting on the piano, and over here, the refrigerator still standing. those storms now moving north. david? >> just incredible. linzie, thank you. let's get right to abc meteorologist rob marciano with the track of these storms and the next threat right behind it all. rob? >> reporter: hey, david. what a wide-reaching tornado outbreak. all spinning around this monster low right over ohio, not to mention the blizzard on the back side of this. the next several hours going to be critical. we've got many tornado warnings that are posted now, and tornado watches that are posted through 11:00, as far north as new jersey. blizzard warnings remain up for illinois and indiana. with another two to ten inches
of snow possible on top of what they've already seen. let's time the severe weather out tonight. i think there will be a squall line around the garden state parkway around 10:00. severe storms potentially from new york to boston overnight. and then big winds, as this slow-moving storm exits tomorrow. david? >> rob marciano at the weather wall for us. rob, thank you. next tonight, to the race for the white house, just six days until super tuesday. a critical day, of course, in the campaign ahead. donald trump approaching it with new momentum tonight after winning the nevada caucuses. his third victory in a row now. and this time, getting nearly half of all the voters. senator marco rubio edging out senator ted cruz for second. and tonight, we're how hearing from trump's wife, melania, saying, he doesn't get the credit he deserves. also, who would trump choose for vice president? and is there a bombshell to come on trump's taxes? abc's tom llamas on the campaign trail. >> reporter: tonight, fresh off running the table in nevada, donald trump sounding like the nomination is already his. >> it's going to be an amazing two months.
we might not even need the two months, folks, to be honest, all right? will you come out here, pat? look at him. >> reporter: trump in virginia today, side-by-side with evangelist pat robertson. >> man, it's good to have you here with us. >> reporter: so confident, he's now revealing his priorities for a running mate. apparently the outsider candidate wants an insider v.p., someone able to help him cut deals in washington. >> i do want somebody that's political, because i want to get lots of great legislation that we all want passed, that's just sitting there for years and years and years. >> reporter: in nevada, trump scooping up more votes that his two top rivals combined. >> after a whole lot of months on the road -- it is good to be home. >> reporter: senator ted cruz, today in houston, endorsed by the texas governor, and lashing out at trump. >> we are not a people who are impressed by a lot of blustery rhetoric that's not backed up by truth. the time for the clowns and the acrobats and the dancing bears has passed.
>> reporter: but right across town, rising rival, senator marco rubio. >> we cannot have a commander in chief that is not ready the first day in office. you can't just say, well, when i get there, i'll hire the smartest people and they're going to tell me what to do. >> reporter: but both senators struggling to compete with the trump show. today, in a rare interview, the mogul's model wife, melania, describing what first drew her to the donald. >> his mind. amazing mind. i'm my own person, he's his own person. and i think that's very important. i don't want to change him, he doesn't want to change me. >> and tom llamas joins us live tonight. tom, donald trump now coming under fire for refusing to release his tax returns before super tuesday. and tonight, a former republican presidential nominee, mitt romney, speaking out? >> reporter: that's right, david. mitt romney saying he thinks there's likely a bombshell in trump's tax returns. romney, citing no proof, says he thinks trump is not as rich as trump claims to be, and he hasn't donated as much to
charity as much as trump has said. trump has responded tonight with a tweet, saying that mitt romney is a fool, and is trying to act like a tough guy. david? >> tom llamas with us tonight again. tom, thank you. on the democratic side tonight, hillary clinton, picking up a key endorsement, senate minority leader harry reid choosing her over senator bernie sanders, saying it's time for the party to consolidate behind clinton. senator sanders, though, vowing to stay in until the long haul is over. speaking to enthusiastic crowds, lines to get in to see him in kansas city today, wrapping around the block. south carolina, of course, next for the democrats. clinton ahead by nearly 30 points in the polls for south carolina. and stay with abc news for full coverage on super tuesday with special editions of "good morning america" and "world news tonight." and george and the entire powerhouse political team on the air, beginning at 10:00 p.m. eastern, tuesday night. now, to an abc news exclusive, and the national conversation tonight. the debate over whether apple should help the fbi break into the iphone used by syed farook, one of the san bernardino killers. tonight, right here, my
exclusive interview with apple ceo tim cook, who is standing firm, saying, this is not about one iphone, this is about hundreds of millions of iphones, and protecting everyone, american families and the information they store on their phones. and he says, what the fbi is now asking would set a dangerous precedent. two polls just this week showing the country divided. so, we want you to listen tonight, and let us know what you think. as we sit here, you know some of the families of the victims in san bernardino have now come out in support of the judge's order that apple help the fbi unlock that iphone. one family reportedly saying, we're angry and confused as to why apple is refusing to do this. what would you say to those families tonight? >> david, they have our deepest sympathy. what they've been through, no one should have to go through. apple has cooperated with the fbi fully in this case. they came to us and asked us for all the information we had on this phone, and we gave everything that we had. but this case is not about one
phone. this case is about the future. what is at stake here is, can the government compel apple to write software that we believe would make hundreds of millions of customers vulnerable around the world, including the u.s. >> and you'd have to write that system in order to unlock that phone? >> yes. the only way we know would be to write a piece of software that we view as sort of the software equivalent of cancer. we think it's bad news to write. we would never write it. we have never written it. and that is what is at stake here. >> the fbi, though, says it believes that syed farook used that phone to communicate with his wife, his accomplice, and i'm curious, do you struggle at all with the possibility that there could be information on that phone that could reveal other plots, other people who were involved in planning the san bernardino attack? >> david, if we knew a way to get the information on the phone that we haven't already given,
if we knew a way to do this, that would not expose hundreds of millions of other people's issues, we would obviously do it. >> i want to get to what the fbi director, james comey, has said. he said, it's not about a slippery slope. it's about, quote, 14 people who were slaughtered and many more had their lives ruined. maybe the phone holds the clue to finding more interests, maybe it doesn't. but we can't look the survivors in the eye and ourselves if we don't follow any possible lead out there. do you understand where he's coming from? >> i do understand where he's coming from. and this is an incredibly complex issue, to place a back door in the iphone. we believe it does put hundreds of millions of customers at risk. >> let me ask you this. you've invited me to apple before. the stories are legendary about new products with black drapery over them, the locked doors, the secrecy. and if any american company can keep a secret, it's apple. to those who might say, why didn't the fbi and apple team up far earlier in one of those secret labs and get this done and no one would have ever had to know about it?
>> well, i can't talk about the tactics of the fbi. they've chosen what they've done and they've chosen to do this out in the public, for whatever reasons that they have. what we think at this point, given it is out in the public, is that we need to stand tall and stand tall on principle. there's probably more information about you on your phone than there is in your house. our smartphones are loaded with our intimate conversations, our financial data, our health records. they're also loaded with the location of our kids, in many cases, and so, it's not just about privacy. but it is also about public safety. >> but in your quiet moments, do you have any concern that you might be able to prevent a terrorist attack by breaking into that phone? >> david, some things are hard, and some things are right. and some things are both. this is one of those things.
>> and in this case, you believe there are some things that just should never be created. >> correct. >> but tim cook tells us they talked to the fbi early on, giving them advice, he says, on other ways to best get information from that iphone. to plug it in, to back it up to the icloud. did they do that? >> unfortunately, in the days, the early days of the investigation, an fbi -- fbi directed the county to reset the icloud password. when that is done, the phone will no longer back up to the cloud. and so, i wish they would have contacted us earlier, so that would not have been the case. >> how crucial was that missed opportunity? >> it's very crucial. >> the white house said this week that the fbi's request is, quote, limited in scope. limited in scope. do you agree with that, and have you talked to the president on this? >> i have not talked to the president. i will talk to the president. do i think it's limited, no. >> you have talked to the president before, on these issues of privacy and security. >> yes. >> are you disappointed there
wasn't more of a dialogue with the administration before this swift action from the justice department? >> yes. >> you wish there was more done? >> yes. and i think there should have been. this filing -- we found out about the filing from the press. >> i'm curious, tim. did you ever think that you'd find yourself at the center of such a crucial national debate? >> no. this is -- this is not a position that we would like to be in. it is a very uncomfortable position. to oppose your government on something doesn't feel good. and to oppose it on something where we are advocating for civil liberties, which they are supposed to protect, it is incredibly ironic. >> apple has until friday to respond to the judge's order that it assist the fbi. their legal team is preparing. the full interview with tim cook
on our website, right after "world news tonight," at abcnews.com. and then, tonight on "nightline," i ask tim cook about donald trump's call to boycott apple. in the meantime, to other news, and from washington tonight, a new development in the standoff over the supreme court. two top republicans now agreeing to meet with president obama to discuss nominees. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell and committee chairman chuck grassley. yesterday, both said they would take, quote, no action on anyone the president named. to be continued. and we're learning new information tonight about the pilot in that deadly chopper crash near pearl harbor. the family onboard, last night, their teenage son passing away. he had been trapped under water. rescuers cutting him free. well, tonight here, why the pilot now says he steered that helicopter right into the water. abc's david kerley covers aviation. >> reporter: the pilot of this troubled tourist helicopter now tells investigators, he had to make a sudden change, just before ending up in the waters of pearl harbor, with bystanders jumping in to rescue the five onboard. but was this dramatic move in an
effort to save lives? the pilot says he felt a vibration, heard a grinding sound, followed by a loud bang. he plans an emergency landing on a grassy area. but as he gets close, he sees people on the lawn. quickly turns the chopper left, hoping to land on the shoreline. but the helicopter falls suddenly into the water. one of the bystanders is chris gardner. >> i saw people running and screaming and took off my shirt and dove in the water. >> reporter: but they had trouble freeing a 16-year-old boy, part of a family of four, from his seatbelt. he was the only fatality, with the focus of the investigation on the mechanical issue and how the pilot reacted. david kerley, abc news, washington. >> david, thank you. there is still much more ahead on "world news tonight" this wednesday from california. breaking developments. the deadly police shootout. three deputies ambushed. serving an eviction, a foreclosure notice. the man inside opening fire in the heartland. and the new details coming in at this hour. and then, tonight, the $72 million verdict.
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